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india Updated: May 15, 2011 22:31 IST
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Mukul Kesavan

Politicians cannot fool all of the electorate all of the time
This refers to Mukul Kesavan’s article Turn, turn, turn ( May 14 ). The recent assembly polls saw the Communists losing power in both West Bengal and Kerala, the two citadels of the Left. While the autocratic measures to grab land for industry turned the tide in Bengal, the LDF’s good performance in Kerala ensured that it lost power by a thin margin. In Tamil Nadu, the electorate kept in mind the endless corruption charges against DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s family. The poll results have proved that power finally rests with the people and that politicians cannot fool all the people all the time.
Bhagwan B Thadani, Mumbai

Both Jayalalithaa and Mamata Banerjee have not only outdone their political rivals but also reduced them to non-entities. This might help them in implementing promises made in their manifestos though there will hardly be any checks or balances left in the system. Now, the two leaders have to think beyond revenge and development should be their key agenda. An important lesson learnt is that freebies can make voters line up at rallies but not necessarily yield votes.
Bal Govind, Noida

Both Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa have to clear the political mess created by their predecessors. Banerjee’s task of working out a way of acquiring land without alienating farmers will be challenging. She must tackle what is proving to be the nemesis for many chief ministers.
HR Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore